Gaura – Plant of the Week

Gaura – Plant of the Week

Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri) is one of those low-maintenance perennials that is not often featured but can make for wonderful foil in your border. You might have heard of this unsung hero as ‘wandflower’, ‘whirling butterflies’, and ‘bee blossom’ due to the delicate wand-like flowers in white, pink or pink and white with stems topped with a […]

Echinacea – Plant of the Week

Echinacea – Plant of the Week

Echinacea, a simple daisy-like flower that can really add late summer vibrance to your garden when there is typically a lull in your beds and borders as far as colour and interest goes.  When you delve into the workings of these hardy little gems, yet again we see a glimpse of the wonder of mother […]

Homemade Rhubarb Gin – Rhubarb and gin, what’s not to love?

Ah, homemade rhubarb gin. If, like us, you’re partial to a little G&T on the terrace in the summer, there is all of a sudden, a multitude of gins out there with hints of cucumber, rosemary, lavender, not to mention the autumn flavours of sloe and damson.  Here at Earthscapes HQ, we like a stroll around the […]

Lavender – Plant of the Week

Lavender – Plant of the Week

I decided to go for a clean look for my pots this year to compliment my growing collection of topiary and I have loved the classic display and calming aroma. These wonderfully scented and low maintenance plants are a haven for bees, bumble and honey alike and are ideal for getting some ‘wow factor’ in […]

Succulents – Plant of the Week

Succulents – Plant of the Week

Succulents, also known as water storage plants, originate from hot, dry climates so, as you can imagine, they are not fans of the British weather and will more than likely perish if left outside all year round.  To keep them healthy and growing, I keep my succulent collection (yes, I seem to have a few) in […]

How to keep your home secure while on holiday

How to keep your home secure while on holiday

  Keeping your home secure while away is something often overlooked in all the excitement of packing and planning. Here are a few practical tips to help you avoid coming home from your holiday to a disaster. 10 Tips for Keeping Your Home and Valuable Safe While on Holiday 1) Don’t let your home look unoccupied – […]

Lupins – Plant of the Week

Lupins – Plant of the Week

A little favourite of mine are the vibrant Lupins (lupinus), a genus of flowering plant in the Fabaceae legume family, mostly as herbaceous perennial plants.  The flowers are very similar to pea flowers (which is no real surprise given their family origins) arranged on a tall stem, growing anywhere between one to five feet high and […]

How to prune a Wisteria for maximum flowers

How to prune a Wisteria for maximum flowers

Spring is springing in the gardens of Surrey and one of the questions I get ask frequently is how to prune a Wisteria. The Wisteria in the Earthscapes HQ garden is dripping with masseses of tightly closed flower buds just ready burst into life and produce beautiful dropping candles of beep blue and bright white flowers […]

Improve Your Garden for Sale – What Plants to Use to Fluff

Improve Your Garden for Sale – What Plants to Use to Fluff

Following on from our last post in which we mused over how to improve your garden for sale and kerb appeal, I would like to delve a little bit deeper into the subject and talk more about what plants to use and how to use them. As mentioned in the last blog, selling a house can take […]

How much value does a well presented garden add when selling your home?

How much value does a well presented garden add when selling your home?

We have all seen umpteen programmes on the television advising us on the best way to prepare our homes for sale on the inside but something that is often overlooked in the flurry of decluttering and ‘fluffing’ is the garden.  So how much value does landscaping and gardening add when selling your home? It’s not […]